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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 09, 2018

King Bees @ Billy Bootleggers - Feb 2

Michael Littlefield (guitar & vocals); Scott Taylor (vocals, harmonica & guitar); Dominic Hornsby (piano, guitar & vocals); Simon Hedley (double bass) & Giles Holt (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The fact that a contributor to the jazz blog Bebop Spoken Here is prepared to forsake jazz gigs elsewhere in town is an indication of just how good this blues night is. First Friday in the month King Bees take centre stage at the Nelson Street juke joint, invariably the place is crammed and tonight was no different.
I don’t know, man, I just don’t know sang frontman Scott Taylor. Blues heaven, pure and simple. He doesn’t look or sound like Sonny Boy – who does? – but, boy, the spirit, the passion is there! Just a Feeling, Hard Hearted Woman, Little Walter’s Temperature ‘101 when we kiss and dance 102 for a night romance, 103, 4 and 5.’ The King Bees were on it from the off. More from Sonny Boy ‘Baby, do me a favor, keep our business to yourself.’ Then Little Walter’s My Babe.

The band’s other frontman, Michael Littlefield, plays all the licks, gazing around the room with a vocal never far from his lips, Louis Jordan-style ‘Crazy ’bout that woman ’cause Caldonia is her name, Caldonia! Caldonia!’ The King Bees’ rhythm section is as good as it gets; tight, Chicago would welcome these boys with open arms. Dominic Hornsby plays a mean piano, plays guitar, sings – impressive or what?! Simon Hedley is a throwback – that’s a big compliment! – playing double bass just as Willie Dixon did during the South Side’s ’50s heyday. And then there’s Giles Holt, Freddie Below would have been impressed, nuff said.
T-Bone Walker’s Cold, Cold Feeling, Otis Rush’s Sit Down Baby, Kansas City, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, it could be 3am…if only! 11pm it was as the King Bees went out on Got My Mojo Working. Billy Bootleggers, first Friday in the month, be there.
Russell 

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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